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Podcast: Decomplicated makes news more accessible

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While many of us are no longer making our daily commute to work, there is still plenty of time to incorporate a podcast into the daily routine. Whether you prefer to listen on a daily walk or while cooking dinner, podcasts give us an audio escape and help us learn new things. Two local journalists have created a podcast that will not only entertain you, but also teach you everything you need to know about the latest hot topics and breaking news stories.

Decomplicated is a news-explainer podcast that helps break down major headlines for your own understanding. Hosted by Rumneek Johal and Carol Eugene Park, Decomplicated will help you better understand what’s trending, why it’s trending, and why you should care.

The podcast is released two times a week, with a supporting newsletter that is delivered daily. The topics are diverse, covering everything from housing prices to psychedelic mushrooms. Most recently, the team discussed people who are travelling during the pandemic. This episode looked at how and why people are still vacationing a year after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each episode takes a complicated story and deconstructs it so that the reader/listener can experience it in a digestible manner.

Unlike traditional newspapers and media publications, Decomplicated is less concerned with being the first to break news and more concerned with providing the whole story. In today’s media, much of what we hear and see is filtered through a chain of command and edited beyond recognition. These two journalists are willing to ask questions, spend the time, and dig deeper, so that the reader gets the entire story. As two women of colour, Rumneek and Carol offer a unique voice that is truly Canadian and reflective of their communities. Rumneek is a first-generation Punjabi-Canadian who grew up in Surrey. In her career, she has worked with CBC Toronto and Daily Hive. Carol comes from a Korean family with previous experience with CBC Podcasts, the Globe and Mail, The Tyee, and Global News.

Decomplicated is a news experience for people who are too busy to read the whole story. Hosted by two Canadian journalists of colour, Decomplicated is the fresh take on current events and breaking news that you have been looking for. Stay up to date with daily newsletters and weekly podcasts, designed to make news a more digestible and accessible experience.

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The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Farmer’s Protest, Bad Girl RiRi, Kangana Ranaut, and More

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Varan and I given a recap on the last week of the Indian Farmer’s protest, Rihanna’s latest support for the protests, divisive comments by Kangana Ranaut, Diljit’s ode to Rihanna, and more.

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Surrey Today Podcast: An Open Discussion on The Indian Farmer’s Protest

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In this episode, I brought on an old friend of mine, Varan Rakhra. Varan is a former professional Bhangra dancer and judge, and has a wealth of knowledge on both Punjabi culture and diaspora, and the agrarian crisis in India.

In this episode, we discussed our opinions, and would love to hear what you think. As a disclaimer, swear words are used in this episode, so it may be best suited for adults.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Standing With Indian Farmers – Support from Palestinian and American Farmers

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In this podcast episode, Vin and I have a dialog with Dr. Harjit Singh Grewal and Amudi.

Dr. Harjit Singh Grewal is a professor at the University of Calgary, where he focuses on the Punjab region and Sikh religion. Amudi is a farmer in Washington State, where he owns and operates the Olive Branch Ranch. Amudi also comes from a family of Palestinian farmers, who have spent generations harvesting olives and raising livestock.

In this dialog, we discuss the plight of Indian farmers, and analyze the plight of Palestinian and North American farmers, in an effort to identify key similarities across these different groups. We ultimately try to analyze what has happened to all of these groups of farmers, to understand and predict what the future of Indian farmers might look like, if India’s 3 newly passed agricultural bills are not re-written.

Please share this word with your friends, and any potential allies who can help support the Kisaan.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Why The Indian Farmer Protests Matter

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This episode contains an interview with Dr. Harjit SIngh Grewal, which was a part of a broader 3 hour fundraising event. In this episode, we share a pre-recorded interview we did with Dr. Harjit Singh Grewal. Dr. Grewal has a Ph.D in Asian studies from the University of Michigan. He is is currently a professor at the University of Calgary, where he focuses on Sikh studies. In this 90+ minute interview, Dr. Grewal dives deep into why farmers are protesting, the mandi system, the agriculture bills that have provoked protesters, and more.

Money was raised for the Indian protesters. The event was hosted by PlanEvents.ca, with Pammy and Gurk from Coaches Don’t Play, and DJ Heer. Thank you to our sponsors over at Chutney’s Indian Grill, Rukus Avenue Radio, and Simply Bhangra.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Outdoor Adventure Recommendations and Tips for You and Your Family

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In this episode, Jaclyn from Brave and Free Adventures inspires the lower mainland to head into the wilderness with their families. Below is a summary of what was discussed:

  • How Jaclyn and her family got into the outdoors and started Brave and Free Adventures
  • Tips for navigating the outdoors during COVID
  • General trail etiquette
  • Tips on what to pack when you’re headed outdoors
  • Outdoor destinations for the wet and cold weather

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Listen to The Surrey Today Podcast on These Platforms: Spotify, Apple, Google, Breaker, RadioPublic, ListenNotes, BackTracks

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